Israel Airstrike Kills Islamic Jihad Operative in Gaza, Report Says

According to official Palestinian news agency, Israeli reconnaissance craft fires a missile at a motorcycle in the Dowar Abu Sharkh area, killing its rider.

An explosion, apparently caused by an Israeli air strike, killed one person and wounded two others in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Palestinian hospital officials said.

Initial Ch. 2 reports indicated that the strike trageted and killed an Islamic Jihad operative.

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According to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, an Israeli reconnaissance craft fired a missile at a motorcycle in the Dowar Abu Sharkh area killing its rider.

A statement by the Israel Defense Forces indicated that the strike was the result of joint actions by Shin Bet and IDF forces and that the target had been a squad involved in recent terror activity.

The airstrike comes days after it was revealed that the IAF struck two Gaza-bound arms convoys in the past month.

According to two Sudanese media outlets, Israel launched two attacks in recent weeks.

The outlets, however, don't present a uniform version on the dates. One claims the attacks took place at the end of November and on December 15, the other says they occurred on December 15 and December 18.

The attack at the end of November, one media outlet says, targeted two vehicles in the area of Wadi Al-Allaqi in northern Sudan, near the border with Egypt, and left two people dead and another two wounded.

The second incident, on December 15, saw Apache helicopters over an island off the Sudanese coast. Other reports spoke of Israeli submarine activity off the coast of the African state.

On the other hand, reports appearing in the Al-Intibaha daily speak of an attack on December 15 against a convoy of vehicles that left four civilians dead. The second attack, three days later, also reportedly targeted a vehicle. According to the report, all occupants of the vehicle were killed.

For its part, the Sudanese army has rejected reports of Israeli aerial activity over the country. The Sudanese army spokesman, Col. Sawarmi Khaled Saad, said the country's aerial defense systems had not recorded any infiltration into the country's airspace.

The Sudanese military over the weekend dismissed reports of recent Israeli airstrikes in the country.

Tuesday’s airstrike comes weeks after an Israeli aircraft wounded a 12-year-old girl and her father in a strike on Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement that it targeted a weapons factory in response to rockets fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza into southern Israel.

A missile hit the residence of a Gaza militant who was not home at the time, but flying shrapnel injured the girl and her father in a nearby house, Palestinian health official Adham Abu Salmia said.